The woman has the right to choose 100% of the time. Always. And that’s it.
There is nothing to argue. Women’s rights are never.. and I mean NEVER… up for debate.
Get over it.
So I wanted to introduce everyone to my all-time favorite song. I don’t even know why it’s my all-time favorite song. What I do know is this:
a) It’s written by my all-time favorite band, Led Zeppelin.
b) It’s about a dog (Strider, the dog Robert Plant had at the time).
c) It’s my all-time favorite song.
I listen to it every morning when I wake up. It’s my ringtone. I know the lyrics by heart. I made myself a collection of every recorded instance of the song live. I have the studio outtakes and sessions on the electric instrumental version of the song. The studio outtakes/sessions, especially from Bron-Yr-Aur Cottage, of the acoustic version (which is the officially released version), are my Led Zeppelin collection holy grail.
Needless to say, I’m a bit obsessed with this song.
And I know you’re a Led Zeppelin fan if you already know what song I’m talking about.
And just which song am I talking about?
So a little while back, I finished watching this incredible discussion between Miri Mogilevsky and Chana Messinger about being Jewish Atheists. I am so angry with myself for missing this discussion when it was live. It’s a brilliant discussion and has prompted me to write this piece about why I still proudly call myself Jewish, and all that means, including my honest hatred of religion. It’s a tough task, but a lot of fun, as well. This will be interesting.
Note: Originally, when I wrote this post, it included a whole section about Israel… how I feel about the country, including my very strong emotional connection to it, as well as my own opinion on the politics of Israel and the crisis in the Middle East. I have decided to remove that entire section of this post and not discuss Israel at all.
Confusion. I grew up inside an entirely pro-Israel bubble. But recently, for the very first time in my life, I’ve actually been hearing and listening to the other side of the issue, and as of now I simply don’t have coherent-enough thoughts to broach the subject. I am avoiding it deliberately here and I must ask that any commenters do so, as well. I am not comfortable engaging with that topic (Israel and Palestine) at this time.
So this is how 2013 was for my blog. A little bigger, a little more readers… not sure if I’d say “a little better”, because that would have a number of assumptions that are a mixed bag, such as “I’m a good writer”, an assumption that would be decidedly untrue. I’m not even close.
Overall, however, it looks like 2013 was a decent year for this blog.
Bo so sure 2013 was a decent year for the US, or for the world. Not so sure it was the best year for Social Justice, either. There was so much pushback from bigots of all kinds. But maybe I’m just being cynical.
Either way, I’m honestly looking forward to 2014. Onward!